Many in the Smith community will need to provide care at some point for an aging parent, in-law, partner or loved one. A 2009 survey conducted by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation at Smith showed that twelve percent of Smith faculty members already spend more than three hours per week on elder care and that nearly half of the faculty are struggling to balance their workloads with the responsibilities of caring for elderly parents, and we know that staff are also spending significant time caring for an elder.
With a grant from the Sloan Foundation, the Center for Work and Life has developed this guide to support members of the Smith community as they face the challenges of providing or procuring care for their elders.
The Center for Work and Life does not advocate for any one type of care, nor for any facility or organization mentioned in this guide. Instead, we aim to introduce you to the range and diversity of what is available in terms of elder care, focusing primarily on government and nonprofit organizations and resources.
Whether you are just getting started with the elder care process or you are deep into it, this guide will help you find the resources you need.
In this video series, Smith faculty and staff talk about caring for an elder.